"City of Tacoma News – City Council Agenda News for February 15, 2000"

“Tacoma City CouncilStudy SessionNoon, Tuesday February 15Room 16, Municipal Bldg. N.728 St. Helens AvenueTacomaFamily & Domestic Violence ProjectsThe Community Collaborative on Family Violence, a demonstration project under the guidance of the Deming Partnership, is nearing completion. John Briehl, the collaborative’s director and Alisa O’Hanlon, partnership director, will brief the Council on the project’s progress and learn how the group will share their results with the community.In 1996, the W. Edwards Deming Institute, an organization that helps groups use quality principles to enact change, chose Tacoma and Pierce County for a first-of-its-kind experiment. The institute wanted to find out if Deming’s principles, which played a role in helping transform Japan from post-WWII devastation into a world power, could help communities solve their most pressing civic problems.In 1997, 450 people from across the county gathered to hear about the project. Together these residents chose family violence as the first community issue to tackle using Deming principles. Experts formed teams to improve family violence services to the community. Projects included:- Tracking repeat family violence offenders.- Reducing the time it takes to serve a family violence warrant.- Improving retention rates in parenting classes.- Identifying family violence victims and improving the referral process.On March 1, the Community Collaborative on Family Violence is inviting the public to a 1:30 p.m. meeting to hear the group’s results and how to transfer the model’s principles to a variety of community issues. The meeting will be in the Tacoma City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street.Council members will also receive updates on City, YWCA, and Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence programs to prevent domestic violence and aid its victims.Tacoma City CouncilCouncil Meeting5:00 p.m., Tuesday,February 15Room 16, Municipal Bldg. N.728 St. Helens AvenueTacomaTractor-Trailer DetoursThe Public Works Department will propose an ordinance to the Council that would limit trucks on McMurray Road.The department has received calls from citizens concerned with the hazard of oncoming truck and trailer vehicles crossing the centerlines on McMurray Road in Northeast Tacoma. The road is narrow and has tight curves.To prevent an accident, Public Works recommends the City prohibit truck trailers from the road. Semi-trucks can still connect with Northeast Tacoma via Slayden Road or Norpoint Way.Signs notifying truckers of the new prohibition would go up one week in advance of it taking effect, if approved by the Council. The Council will take testimony on the proposed ordinance and vote at a later date.”